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Studying and Presenting


Admission requirements

Not applicable.


Starting your studies is not easy! This course will help you get settled at LIACS, shows you how to best approach your studies, and introduces you to several important academic skills.

Course Objectives

  • Students get to know the university environment

  • Students learn basic skills needed for a computer science study program

  • Students learn to present

  • Students learn to search for literature and refer to sources

  • Students learn academic writing

  • Students learn about academic fraud and plagiarism


You will find the timetables for all courses and degree programmes of Leiden University in the tool MyTimetable (login). Any teaching activities that you have sucessfully registered for in MyStudymap will automatically be displayed in MyTimetable. Any timetables that you add manually, will be saved and automatically displayed the next time you sign in.

MyTimetable allows you to integrate your timetable with your calendar apps such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and other calendar apps on your smartphone. Any timetable changes will be automatically synced with your calendar. If you wish, you can also receive an email notification of the change. You can turn notifications on in ‘Settings’ (after login).

For more information, watch the video or go the the 'help-page' in MyTimetable. Pleas note: Joint Degree students Leiden/Delft have to merge their two different timetables into one. This video explains how to do this.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures

  • Workshops

  • Practical assignments

Assessment Method

  • The course Studying and Presenting is completed through four assignments, each graded on a scale of 0-10.

  • In order to pass the course, all assignments need to be submitted, and for at least three out of four assignments a 6 or higher needs to be obtained. One assignment can be failed but should receive at least a 4. The final grade is the average over the grades for the four assignments, and should be at least a 6.

  • A non-completed assignment receives a 0.

  • Retake of one failed or missed assignment is allowed if this is necessary in order to pass the course.

Reading List

Material will be placed on Brightspace


From the academic year 2022-2023 on every student has to register for courses with the new enrollment tool MyStudymap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information. An exemption is the fall semester for 1st year bachelor students, the student administration will enroll this group.

Please note that it is compulsory to register for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course.

Extensive FAQ on MyStudymap can be found here.


Education coordinator LIACS bachelors


Not applicable.